Prayers That Will Change Your Life, #3: Vital Life | Jim Hammond
 
Recap
Pastor Jim taught the third message in his four-part series entitled, “Prayers That Will Change Your Life.” In this message, he expounded on the prayer in Philippians 1:6, 9–11. He reiterated that these biblical prayers are anointed and when you pray them over your loved ones—and yourself too—they get results. Pastor Jim says he prays these prayers over the Living Word congregation regularly, and his desire is that Living Word members would also develop the discipline to pray these prayers on a regular basis as well.
 
Dive Deeper
 
These prayers are fundamental.
 
Praying these prayers is not something you do for three or four weeks and then stop saying, “They don’t work.” As you pray these prayers regularly, you can compare it to building a metaphorical fort. It takes time to build that fort. Soon six months, nine months down the road, you’ll start to see the momentum behind these prayers.
 
Pastor Jim’s stated goal is to inspire the Living Word congregation to pray these prayers out loud, two times a day. He said, “I believe we will see the difference in this congregation.”
 
Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
 
God instructed Joshua on how to lead 2 and ½ million people. The Lord said to Joshua that the Book of the Law “shall not depart out of your mouth.” That means Joshua was not to stop speaking the Word.
 
In fact, he was to meditate on it day and night so “you may observe and do all that is written in it.”
 
That’s what we need to do… to be like Joshua, where we meditate on the word day and night. Never stop speaking it. If we keep up that discipline, we’ll observe and do all that is written in it.
 
The Strong’s Concordance says the Hebrew word for meditate means “to murmur.” There are ten words that the word meditate means. Five of them are speaking: murmur, mutter, speak, talk, utter. The Lord is telling Joshua to speak it… all day!
 
In Matthew 7:7–8, Jesus said to “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
 
Jesus instructed them to keep on asking and it will be given to you. Keep on seeking and you will find it. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened for you. Every person that keeps on asking will receive. Pastor Jim says, “I believe these Pauline prayers are the types of prayers Jesus was talking about when He said to keep praying, keep knocking, keep asking.”
 
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Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
 
Matthew 7:7–8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
 
Colossians 1:9, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding…”
 
Discussion Questions
 
Do you have a consistent prayer life? If not, why?
 
Can you see yourself working these anointed prayers into your times of prayer?

Recent Sermon Notes

Grace Unveiled, #10: Credited to Your Account | Jim Hammond

Pastor Jim preached the 10th installment of his series entitled, “Grace Unveiled,” a study of the book of Romans. This message subtitled, “Credited to Your Account,” finishes up the study of the sin problem and then begins a study of the solution to man’s sin problem—which is Romans 3:21–22, “…faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” Pastor Jim said, “The reason why Paul spent so much time talking about the sin problem is because you can’t understand the solution if you don’t understand the problem.”

At Wit’s End | Jim Hammond

Have you ever been “at your wit’s end?” When you’ve exhausted all your emotional and physical resources and have nothing left to give, what do you do? When the Apostle Paul was at his wit’s end, the Lord gave him direction saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Pastor Jim went on to expound on when we are at our wit’s end, how we can lean on His grace.

Grace Unveiled, #9: Established in the Gift of Righteousness | Jim Hammond

This past weekend, Pastor Jim taught his 9th installment in his series on the book of Romans entitled, “Grace Unveiled.” The first three and a half chapters of Romans, Paul talked extensively, driving home the point, on how no one can make himself righteous in God’s eyes. The Apostle Paul didn’t leave anyone out. He listed the Pagans in the secular world, people just trying to do good, and the zealous disciplined Jews… he made sure they knew that none of them measured up in God’s eyes. No matter what they did, they would never be able to escape God’s wrath… unless there is something that appeases that judgment. That was Paul’s way of working up to a point. Paul then introduced the righteousness of God through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.

The Principle of Connection | Mac Hammond

Pastor Mac taught a message entitled, “The Principle of Connection.” Oftentimes, we struggle with obedience to the Word, where our obedience to the Word is not done in faith but out of legalism. We don’t do it from our heart, but we do it out of obligation. However, as Pastor Mac pointed out, if the Word is going to work for you, it has to come from our heart. There is a remedy that puts an end to legalistic obedience: once you understand the principle behind a particular mandate, obedience to the Word becomes exciting. Pastor Mac goes on to discuss the Principle of Connection.

A Faith-Building Weekend With Nancy Dufresne

What a weekend we had with guest minister Nancy Dufresne. She shared on the power of faith and reminded us that God and the Holy Spirit should always remain our focus. That means when we face difficulty, listening to the Holy Spirit, our guide on the inside, is the best thing that we can do. You can walk in faith toward your miracle!